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Councilman Wants To Allow Advertising On City Owned Buildings, Including City Hall

By Mike Dunn

PHILADEPHIA (CBS) – The soon-to-be City Council President, Darrell Clarke, has proclaimed part of his agenda for the new year: bringing in big bucks by slapping advertisements on city-owned buildings, including rec centers and City Hall.

Darrell Clarke says his proposal for ads on city buildings has one larger goal — raising new money for the cash-starved government without raising taxes. Clarke points out that other cities like New York and other local authorities like SEPTA have long raised millions through advertising.

“I think its time has come. It’s done in virtually every other municipality. It’s done in the city of Philadelphia, just not by the City of Philadelphia. And I think it’s an opportunity that we need to take,” Clarke explained.

Clarke thinks City Hall, with thousands of pedestrians passing through the courtyard daily, would be ideal for advertising as long as there are limits.

“To stand here and say we should wrap (the statue of) Billy Penn, I think would be contrary to what we’re attempting to do.”

Clarke, who will become Council President in January, will formally introduce the plan next month. He submitted it to council this past week, but for procedural reasons, all bills die at year’s end.

Clarke believes the city could raise as much as $10 million a year by allowing extensive advertising. And he admits that erstwhile opponents of outdoor advertising, like the local group SCRUB, are likely to fight this tooth and nail.

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One Comment

  1. Beernuts says:

    He has to raise more money for him and the other council members to steal. God forbid he cleans up the corruption,overspending and misuse of tax dollars, that would be too simple a solution.

  2. Francis Graff says:

    I thought he don’t like t.v. dish’s fixed on home fronts. Now he wants more uglies on city bldgs. This needs to be investigated because it sure sounds like a conspiracy with Comcast exist. They have no dishes, but Direct does.

  3. First soda tax,now this,do we pay him? says:

    NO WAY! That would look so tacky. Like cheap graffity. How stupid.Hey if you
    want to be like New York elect some republicans, bring in jobs! Is taht the best you can do.

  4. noname says:

    my mother always told me that just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t mean you should. and you should live within your means. i say get rid of perks like cars and gas stipends for council.

  5. Jon says:

    Anything but City Hall, unless the ads there cost$10 million per square foot in size with a size limit of 12 square feet. and no more than 5 ads total at any given time

  6. James says:

    Great: What if some religion should buy space on city hall? DUH!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Lydia Brennan says:

    How creative! More billboards and more ads. Of course, that will solve all our problems, Mr. Clarke. What a story for the holiday season. Our new Council President is ready to give away the beauty of our City and any hopes it has of maintaining its dignity. This plan is truly symbolic. Here’s the message I got this morning: “City Council can be bought.”

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